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Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

Eric Wynkoop - Ask Me Anything (Office Hours)

This event was on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern

Join Chef Eric Wynkoop in his virtual office as he welcomes all of your questions. This event was created for you and we encourage you to Ask Anything – from cooking techniques to co… Read More.



For Rouxbe assignments, a hand masher is often recommended. Do commercial chefs use hand mashers?

— Linda Ellis


So do commercial chefs use hand mashers? Um, some of 'em probably do. It's really a matter of, um, uh, well, it's probably a couple of things at least. So, you know, one is gonna be a, a volume consideration. Um, if we have a lot of, um, you know, uh, pureing or mashing to do, we will often, uh, put it into a stand mixer or a mixer of some sort. And, um, just let that do its work while we can then shift our attention over here, you know, to do something else. Okay? Um, uh, you know, or it might, might just be the convenience, the, the speed, you know, of, of using a stand mixer, which can, uh, you know, whip up a batch of, um, um, uh, uh, mashed potatoes, for example, and, oh, you know, a couple of three minutes or so, you know, versus maybe three times that long if you're doing it by hand, maybe, you know, if, if you're after a, a, a comparable smooth texture. Um, but yeah, certainly if it's a smaller volume, I can see that some folks might use these sort of hand tools. Um, um, but, um, uh, you know, in my experience, in a way, it is usually been, uh, electric equipment.
Eric Wynkoop

Eric Wynkoop

Director of Culinary Instruction